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Utah House District 60

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    Christine Heath
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Utah continues to be one of only 11 states with no limit on the amount of money an individual can contribute to a political campaign, and one of only 5 states with no limits on what a corporation can contribute. Do you favor any limits on donations to political campaigns? Why or why not?

What is the legislature’s role in addressing the homeless problem and assuring affordable housing for the working poor?

Not all school districts are able to provide the same resources for their students. How should we support school districts with lesser ability (primarily because of lower property values) to raise revenue?

The Utah State Constitution reads, in part, "Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges." The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Should Utah ratify the ERA which expresses the same view as the Utah Constitution? Explain your position.

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Campaign Mailing Address 335 S 250 E
Orem, UT 84058
Campaign Email Address Christine@Christine4Utah.com
Campaign Phone (801) 471-2690
Current Employment Software company in the property and casualty insurance industry
Education Bachelor's degree from Utah Valley University
Campaign Website www.Christine4Utah.com
Yes, I support campaign finance limits. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that 93.5% of the donations to the Utah State Legislature came from special interest groups. The result of this is a State Legislature that is more obligated to lobbyists than to its own constituents. I would like to see that change.
One in five renters in Utah is at risk of becoming homeless. Orem housing prices have seen a 25% increase in the last five years, but renter’s income has only increased 1%. When housing becomes unaffordable, cities are at risk of losing their teachers and first responders. Each Utahn needs to ask the question, “Where do I want my children to live when they become adults?” If we want them to live nearby, we need to address the housing shortage.

Different areas of the state have different needs. Local government is the best form of government to meet those needs. As a state legislator, I will respect the authority of municipalities and support them in a collaborative way as we plan for growth across the state.

One contributing factor to the rise of housing costs is the dwindling workforce in construction and trade. Tradesmen are retiring, and there are not enough young workers to taking their place. Students need to be aware of the opportunities in the construction industry.
It is true that not all school districts are able to provide the same resources to students. With high property values, Park City enjoys a healthy education budget, while Nebo School District in Utah County is one of the poorest districts in the nation. To remedy this discrepancy, we need to focus on how we fund schools. Income tax is more versatile than property tax and would allow funds to be distributed more evenly across the state.
According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Utah has ranked worst for women’s equality for several years in a row, despite what our state constitution says. I do not believe the ERA will bring the changes advocates are looking for. That said, I support Congress voting on the ERA and giving the states the opportunity to ratify.
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